Friday, April 25, 2008

On Procrastination...

Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. — H. Jackson Brown
While this may be true, it doesn't take into account they didn't have the Internet to distract them!

Procrastination is something that affects many of us:

Procrastination is an equal opportunity affliction, according to one of the field's pioneering researchers, Joseph R. Ferrari of DePaul University. Women are just as likely to exhibit the behavior as men; 20-year-olds are as prone to it as 65-year-olds (much older people, seem to lose the habit). His studies have also found that white collar employees procrastinate more than blue collar workers, salespeople more than middle managers, business executives more than doctors or lawyers.

Hmm... maybe that's why I felt more at home studying for my MBA than I sometimes do in law school?

More broadly, Ferrari said, there are three basic types of procrastinators:

  • Arousal procrastinators are thrill-seekers who tackle projects at the last minute, pulling all-nighters at school and work.
  • Avoidance procrastinators habitually put off hard or boring tasks
  • Decisional procrastinators are paralyzed by indecisiveness.
When I procrastinate, I certainly fall into type 1 and often into type 2. I never seem to get around to type 3...

More on procrastination from Psychology Today.

(HT Unclutterer)

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